The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Where is the Port of Vancouver?

Is the Port of Vancouver in British Columbia or in Washington State?

Until recently, the north-of-the-border port was called “Port Metro Vancouver.” But earlier this month, the Canadian port changed its name to simply “Port of Vancouver.”

Washington’s port, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, remains “Port of Vancouver USA” — check […]


LA-LB truckers fear appointment systems won’t reduce congestion enough

From the Journal of Commerce:

Harbor truckers in Los Angeles-Long Beach sincerely want terminal operators to succeed in their ground-breaking plan to develop a system of appointments throughout the harbor. But they fear that the logistics involved in coordinating as many as a dozen stand-alone trucker appointment systems will be very difficult to arrange.

Truckers’ […]


Vancouver BC to install shore power for container ships

Funding for the installation of shore power facilities for container vessels at two Port Metro Vancouver container terminals has been announced by the Canadian government and Port Metro Vancouver officials.

Shore power reduces emissions by allowing vessels to draw power from the local electrical grid and thereby turn off their diesel engines while in port. […]


Bunge-Saudi partnership considering western Canada export grain terminal

G3 Global Holdings, a limited partnership between Bunge Canada and Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC) Canada, announced on June 2 that it has formed a joint venture with Western Stevedoring Company Limited to examine the feasibility of building an export grain terminal at Lynnterm West Gate at Port Metro Vancouver, Canada.

Western Stevedoring […]


Port Metro trucking license system unfair, court rules

From ILWU Canada’s web site:

A group of Port Metro Vancouver container truck drivers who were denied licenses to haul cargo in and out of port terminals won their case in Federal Court arguing that the selection process was unfair and their applications should be reconsidered.

Unless Port Metro Vancouver appeals the decision, it means […]


Viterra increasing capacity at grain terminal at Port Metro Vancouver

From a Viterra news release:

Viterra, part of Canada’s Agricultural Business Segment of Glencore, has announced that it is executing a series of operational improvements and upgrades at its Pacific Terminal at Port Metro Vancouver.

Some of these projects include the installation of new bulk weighers, upgrades to shipping conveyors and rotary cleaners, and […]


Cargill, Viterra plan grain-by-rail expansions in Canada

Cargill’s Morris, Manitoba, project will increase rail-car handling capacity from 54 to 100 cars and expand grain storage from 10,000 to 30,000 metric tons. Viterra will upgrade its Pacific Terminal at Port Metro Vancouver in BC.

Within the next month, Cargill Ltd. expects to begin expanding its farm service center in Morris, Manitoba, including increases […]


Port Metro Vancouver faces a strong, yet uncertain future

Last year, the port dealt with more than 122 million metric tonnes of cargo, 300,000 autos and 660,000 cruise passengers. But, in the next 15 years, it expects to grow by a phenomenal 50 per cent to handling 185 million tonnes of cargo and nearly a million passengers.

However, with municipalities facing their own growth […]


Prince Rupert Container Volume Doubled in March

From the Journal of Commerce:

Container volumes at the Port of Prince Rupert, Canada, doubled [in March 2012] compared to March 2011 because of generic growth and the addition of two new services last year.

Prince Rupert in March handled 52,283 20-foot container units, a 120 percent gain over March 2011. Imports increased138 percent and […]


Port Metro Vancouver Traffic Up 7 Percent

Canada’s Port Metro Vancouver reported a 7 percent increase in overall container traffic in the first five months of 2011, including 7 percent growth in trade between Canada to Asia.

The British Columbia port handled 1,006,360 20-foot equivalent units as of May 31, up 7 percent from 943,423 TEUs in the same period last year.